Football Club Esperia Viareggio
known as Viareggio
is an Italian football
club located in Viareggio
It currently plays in Lega Pro Prima Divisione
Its colors are white and black.
It is the heir of the old Viareggio Calcio
founded on 1919 and cancelled by FIGC
in 2002, with a history of seasons spent at the Serie C
level, notably from 1990 to 1994 and from 1997 to 2002. The current denomination has been assumed in honour to the first team founded in the city.
Promoted in 2006 after having won its Eccellenza Tuscany
round, Esperia Viareggio gained its second consecutive promotion on 22 April 2007 by mathematically winning the Group E of Serie D
in advance of four matchdays.
At the end of the 2008–09 Lega Pro Seconda Divisione season
, the club was admitted to Lega Pro Prima Divisione
for the first time in its history.
However numbers of longest serving players retired, namely Samuele Barsotti
and Giuseppe Costantino
in 2010 and Michele Fusi
in 2009, plus the left for Alberto Reccolani
, made the team had to play relegation play-outs for two successive season, winning both to survive. The only defenders were hired in long-term contract in 2010–11 season were Lorenzo Fiale
and Sergio Carnesalini
, the others were borrowed from other teams, which the starting keeper Carlo Pinsoglio
was from Juventus and was spotted by Italy national under-21 football team
during his stay with club.